Anyone who isn’t living in a cave and hasn’t seen the X-Men: First Class trailer knows that the prequel film is set in 1962 during the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis—which is inarguably cool.  And now, according to Dark Horizons, producer Bryan Singer is hinting that the film’s sequels might skip ahead to the ‘70s, and then the ‘80s (because if there’s one thing fans are clamoring for, it’s to see Wolverine rocking a Flock of Seagulls haircut).

Apparently, when asked about the sequels to First Class positioning themselves each in a new decade, Singer said, “That’s an idea that’s been discussed, how the characters go through time. But only to a point – they can’t age too fast!”

Which would be kind of cool—examining the different eras of the ever-changing comic book franchise as it evolved throughout the decades.  However, Director Matthew Vaughn “sounds more keen on keeping to the 60′s”:

“1962 is far more grounded in the world of the ’50s. I think it takes about five years for a decade to really start getting its identity, so the fun thing about this for me would be doing [a sequel] in the latter part of the decade, where you’ve got The [Rolling] Stones, The Beatles, Flower Power…”

That’s an idea that could work, too—it’d be nice to see Professor X in his Maharishi phase, hosting bed-ins with storm to protest The War while Banshee runs an underground music ‘zine and Beast is selling tabs of acid in San Francisco.

Vaughn also mentions that he views First Class as his Batman Begins, and is already gunning for a much bigger sequel.   “But with the second one you can just get on with it and have a rollicking good time. That’s the main difference between ‘Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight.’”

What do you think of the X-Men: First Class sequel news?